Perez on GLAAD apology demand: No, you!
Perez Hilton has managed to parlay his assault at the hands of will.i.am’s manager Polo Molina into more drama and more attention by rowing with gay and lesbian activist group GLAAD.
Paul posted the video in which Perez Hilton was allegedly assaulted by Molina. Although who socked Perez is not necessarily clear, the controversial blogger can definitely be heard lobbing the f-bomb at the Black Eyed Peas manager. Not that f word- the other one, a word that openly gay Perez should arguably find offensive and abhorrent.
Of his transgression, Perez says:
“And that is when I made the split-second decision – that I was gonna say what I thought was the worst possible thing that thug [will.i.am] would ever want to hear. As I was standing my ground – without being violent or physical which I would never do – I told him – and you know what? I don’t need to respect you and you’re a f**. You’re gay and stop being such a f***ot.”
One might wonder why a gay man would find it okay to use homosexuality as the gravest insult available to him. GLAAD released a statement condeming the mouthy blogger, saying:
“These are vulgar anti-gay slurs that feed a climate of hatred and intolerance toward our community,” said Rashad Robinson, Senior Director of Media Programs at GLAAD. “For someone in our own community to use it to attack another person by saying that it is, quote, ‘The worst possible thing that thug would ever want to hear,’ is incredibly dangerous. It legitimizes use of a slur that is often linked to violence against our community. And it sends a message that it is OK to attempt to dehumanize people by exploiting anti-gay attitudes.”
“We have reached out to Hilton and asked him to apologize for promoting this anti-gay slur, and we would ask media outlets to avoid repetition of the slur in their coverage of this story.”
But Perez is not having GLAAD’s not having it. Refusing to tolerate their intolerance of his intolerance, he told TMZ that if anyone should be apologizing, GLAAD should say sorry to him for “further victimizing” him:
“I am saddened GLAAD chose to victimize me further by criticizing me for how I non-violently dealt with a very scary situation that, unfortunately, turned violent. While I doubt I will get an apology from GLAAD, nor do I expect one, I would just hope people know how difficult it is to intellectualize a situation and think rationally when a thug disguised as a musician is screaming at your face and intimidating you. I am just very fortunate and grateful that nothing more serious happened to me.”
Before hitting it big with his eponymous blog, Perez was a media relations assistant for GLAAD.